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Old 07-09-2015, 10:48 AM
 
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I'm new to frying eggs. I Googled directions, etc. I fry the egg in one tbsp. of olive oil, then once the egg white is white, I cover it for a couple minutes. When I remove the lid, the once-yellow egg yolk is now covered in white!! Why??
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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The membrane around the egg is probably what turned from clear to white as it cooked. I've never heard of yellow yolks turning white.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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Because the white of the egg has seeped to cover the yolk.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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The yolk inside should still be yellow but the egg white covering over the yolk always turns white when I fry eggs.

If you want sunny side up do not cover the eggs and as soon as the white is cooked take the eggs off the fire and put them on your plate.
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:24 AM
 
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You are having it steamed over easy. The membrane around the yolk turns white when cooked. If you want sunny side up eggs, don't cover. If you want the top of the white part to be cooked completely, tilt the pan a bit and spoon the hot oil around the white part (don't get any on the yolk) till it's cooked. Make sure the heat is only on medium and not high.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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It won't do it if you don't cover it. As others have stated, trapped steam is cooking the membrane and clouding it as it cooks. If you fry the egg hard, leave it sunny side up, or flip it over easy, the yolk will stay yolk colored. It's the steam that's causing the reaction. The yolk is still yellow, but the clear membrane of it is turned white by steaming it.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:24 PM
 
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OK, cool, thanks, tomorrow, I shall try to cook it without covering. I just hope the yolk will not be runny.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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OK, cool, thanks, tomorrow, I shall try to cook it without covering. I just hope the yolk will not be runny.
If you don't want it to be runny, then cook it over medium to low heat. That way you don't burn the whites as the yolk cooks.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:30 PM
 
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OK, cool, thanks, tomorrow, I shall try to cook it without covering. I just hope the yolk will not be runny.
Flip it, cook it longer, and/or break the yolk.

If you leave it looking like a cartoon version of a sunny side up egg, that pretty much comes with some degree of yolk softness.
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Old 07-09-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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And yes to the lower heat. Actually, I never cook eggs using anything over medium heat.
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